Find some handy tips and advice on painting your drawers and cabinets right here, so they end up looking as good as new!
When you’re refurbishing a property, a room or just a piece of furniture like your kitchen, it’s always good to try your hand a bit of DIY and save some money on a few additional bits and pieces – and one of the most popular home-improvement projects that you might want to give a go is the painting of old drawers, shelves and cabinets. By painting and varnishing some old wooden furniture you’re guaranteed to save a bit of extra cash while coming up with some exciting new colours and designs that blend neatly with the planned refurbishment of the room in question.
Painting Design Ideas
No matter what kind of refurbishment or home renovation you’re undertaking, there are a range of different colours, varnishes and styles in which you can update or decorate your old timber furniture – in fact, most home-ware and DIY stores will offer a vast selection of these solvents so they complement the most popular bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room designs of the season. But how can a simple drawer or cabinet be updated to match a new room? Here are some quick ideas for brainstorming ideas below:
- Look at Magazines / Brochures – home style magazines, brochures and online newsletters all provide a vast collection of photographs for you to peruse over, helping you to pick out the colours and hues you prefer for your refurbishment. Be sure that the paint itself matches any other furnishings you’ve already paid for (check the Dulux Colour Chartfor a detailed look at paints on the market) and don’t be scared to cut up colours, shades or styles you like and test them out first.
- Check out other Refurbishments – whether you simply want to visit a friend’s newly decorated home or check out a few show homes on the property market, there are a number of ways you can get an overall ‘feel’ for a certain colour or design without just seeing it on paper.
- Hire an Interior Designer – if you’re unsure of what colours best suit what furniture, then why not hire an interior designer to help you make the right choices? Although they’re not always cheap, these fully trained and qualified designers have an expert eye for what’s currently in fashion and how different colours and hues work together in a room.
- Ask Friends and Relatives – finally, don’t be scared to simply ask friends and relatives for painting advice, especially where old drawers, cabinets and other items of timber furniture are concerned. Get them to look over paint samples with you, and even go over how to dismantle old furniture first if they’ve got experience in this kind of DIY project.
What is the best paint for kitchen cabinets?
It doesn’t matter what sort of material your kitchen cabinets are made of, you will need to make sure you choose the right paint for kitchen cabinets. This is important for a good finish as well as the longevity of your painted kitchen cabinets.
One of the most common sorts of kitchen cabinet material is Melamine; it is also the main victim of wrong pain usage! Whilst it may look like the smooth surface can be painted with any old oil-based enamel, it can’t. So if you are painting laminate kitchen cabinets or melamine cabinets you will need to use urethane reinforced oil based paint.
Painting oak kitchen cabinets, however, is much easier. You should sand it down to the original wood for the best effect. Newer timber kitchen cabinets will have a clear polyurethane finish, if you don’t want to sand it off (which can be tiring and time consuming) you will need to find a polyurethane paint formulation. If you have an older wooden cabinet, you may see it has a lacquer finish. The best paint option for these is a latex paint.
Painting Tips and Advice
Now you know how you want to re-decorate your old timber, it’s time to prepare for the paint and/or varnish job itself. This means getting everything ready, gathering all tools and equipment, dismantling any shelf or drawer parts and sections and getting on with the actual painting! Again, just to help you plan things well in advance we’ve outlined some of the more common tips to help paint below:
- Clear the Room – before getting started you will need to clear the room in question of anything you don’t want covered in paint – or at least put dust-sheets and newspaper down to protect softer fabrics and/or immovable items of furniture. This will give you enough room to dismantle the drawers and cabinets and leave them to dry in the room as you paint.
- Check the Product – make sure your item of furniture won’t be completely destroyed with a lick of paint, or be rendered worthless thanks to your colour-update project. Some pieces of antique furniture won’t take kindly to a splash of solvent-free gloss (pine or MDF usually works best), and not all types of wood can be painted with any colour (mahogany in particular doesn’t respond well to ordinary paint – check out this handy DIY guide for expensive or delicate woods for more information).
- Dismantling/Re-Assembling – if you still have the original instructions, it’s always worth checking these out first before taking apart any shelving or flat-pack furniture. If not, undo as many drawers, doors and appendages to the main piece of furniture as possible before unscrewing any hooks or nails – that way you’ll be able to get a good idea of what goes where and be certain you can put it back together completely undamaged.
- Surface Preparation: Before you paint any sort of kitchen cabinets you will need to prepare the surface. First of all you will need to clean it with a non-oily cleaner. For best results use TriSodium Phosphate and wash the kitchen cabinets thoroughly. After that you will need to sandpaper the surface to ensure it has sufficient grip, don’t go overboard with the sanding though. Make sure the kitchen cabinets are fully dry before attempting to paint.
- Paint Carefully – finally, take care when painting your timber furniture. Sand down any rough wood or edges first if necessary, and use only a small roller and thin brush for the neatest look. Spray cans can also be used for stencil projects, but again be sure to use this a safe distance from your face and any other items you don’t want covered in paint. Once finished, you should also leave the unit to dry out a couple of doors before re-assembling it!